E.S.P. TV, Karen Nikgol, Yoke Collective, Josse Thuresson & Karin Keisu, Funa Ye & Beio
If we could only catch up with the wave of information… we would, at last, be in the now… to digest and comprehend [its] totality would amount to having reality on tap as if from a fantastic media control room capable of monitoring everything, everywhere, all at the same time. - Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock
As a symptom of digital culture, streaming is the emphasis which defines relations between spatial and temporal distances. While the rapid-fire absorption of media overtaking our experience of the physical world, unkNOW created a space to explore the complexities of internet culture and how we connect through the digital intimacy of performance and visual art.
The event brought together works from Beijing-, Kyiv-, London-, NYC- and Oslo-based performance and media artists, incorporating broadcasts and television taping events, live stream and physical performances, media art and music, which explored power structures of hyperconnected society, televisual language, surveillance and the relationship between the human and a machine.
For unkNOW, Funa Ye & Beio produced a new episode from their ongoing live online performance program “Exhibitionist: peep stream”. It is a unique form of performance, other than common performance art, online show or TV show. The purpose of Exhibitionist series is to break the boundaries of “daily display” and ”art exhibition”, and to reduce the distance between the public and contemporary art. In our current hyper-connected society, people’s desire to “display” is everywhere - selfies, Instagram, web chat, and in its most extreme form, live stream. Funa Ye’s practice is mainly concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life, the perceived connection between authority and many areas of social life such as different power structure, ethnic groups, and the fictional space of propaganda for the concept of ‘perfection’ in an ideological system, and utopian landscape.
The broadcast by NYC based multimedia collective E.S.P. TV (Scott Kiernan & Victoria Keddie) focused on simulation and ASMR, signifiers of language, narrative, and sensory reaction. E.S.P. TV utilizes a mobile television studio to explore televisual language, placing a particular focus on the performativity of production itself through installations, broadcasts and live television taping events. A strong network through artist collaborations for broadcast, amassing an extensive archive detailing these explorations of performance, sound, and vision.
Yoke Collective is an artistic and curatorial project by Emily Roderick and Georgina Rowlands, whose research based practice filters contemporary identity politics, examining the position of the female body within the surveillance state, into performance and installation. The relationship between the human and the machine is constantly reframed as Yoke dualistically resists and embraces the camera's gaze. Taking an interest in the male-dominated office space and corporate sphere, Yoke Collective presented a performative installation consisting of a row of seven monitors forming a restrictive path. Combining workplace meditation and office chair exercises the performers followed dictated gesture and spoken instructions, the presence of authority moves through the work, from the ever-changing autocue monitors on the floor to the personas of instructor and worker, interchanging between the two performers, direct reference is made to relationships of corporate production and capitalist structures. A regurgitation of information occurs holding a doubled gaze between screen and performer, this durational performance aimed to explore the mindset in the office space and issues of self-help within an overworked society.
Curated by Magnus Andreas Hagen Olsen & Lesia Vasylchenko.